Drayton’s second half treble ends four-match unbeaten run

Daventry Town's Curtis Hartley and Market Drayton Town's Jeff Watkins give chase at Communications Park
Daventry Town's Curtis Hartley and Market Drayton Town's Jeff Watkins give chase at Communications Park

Daventry Town’s four-match unbeaten run finally came to an end in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat against Market Drayton Town.

All four goals came in the second half goals of the Division One South clash at Communications Park where Daventry poduced some of their best football of the season.

Daventry had an earkl effort ruled out when Mitchell Piggon’s shot appeared to have crossed the line but keeper Ashley Rawlings fell on the ball after a swift challenge from Curtis Hartley.

Joe Curtis provided Nabil Shariff with a wonderful opportunity but he turned and put the wrong side of the post while Jason Lee headed the ball down from a corner into the path of Hartley but the on-loan Corby Town player could only hit a poor shot past the post.

In between, Ben Heath palmed away a fierce shot from Scott Ryan.

The strong wind was causing all sorts of issues and a long punt forward from Connor Kennedy almost caught out Rawlings as the ball bounced past the post.

After the restart Kieron Fitzgerald shot narrowly past the post before the deadlock was finally broken in the 55th minute by the dangerous Ryan who beat several defenders before beating Heath with a low drive.

Three minutes later the Gingerbreadmen were two up due to a mistake by Kennedy who lost possession to William Whieldon and he crossed for Craig Ryan who had plenty of time and space to beat Heath easily.

The impressive Fitzgerald provided a perfect assist for Shariff but his first time shot was just a little too high before Heath prevented Ryan from completing his brace by saving a shot with his feet.

But centre back Paul McCullen powered in an unstoppable header from a 69th minute corner to seal the points for the Shropshire outfit.

Daventry got the goal their performance deserved from the penalty spot with three minutes remaining after Fitzgerald had been bought down and Curtis stepped up to send Rawlings the wrong way from the ensuing spot-kick.